Ma­rina works in progress

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

PORT Dou­glas Ma­rina man­ag­ing direc­tor Rus­sell McCart ex­pects the north­ern wing to be de­mol­ished and ready to go by Novem­ber.

The ma­rina is in ne­go­ti­a­tions with the State Govern­ment over con­vert­ing the land to free­hold to en­able a ma­jor rede­vel­op­ment of the site.

Mr McCart said he re­mained con­fi­dent the ne­go­ti­a­tions to de­ter­mine the process for val­u­a­tion and other is­sues in­volved in con­vert­ing the site to free­hold would be com­pleted by the end of the year.

In the mean­time, the ma­rina would move for- ward with the de­mo­li­tion of the north­ern wing.

While the ma­rina is yet to lodge an ap­pli­ca­tion for a de­mo­li­tion per­mit with Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil, Mr McCart said they were in the process of ar­rang­ing the re­moval of un­der­ground fuel tanks.

“Our aim is to shift the fuel tanks out of the ground and then knock over the north­ern wing and have the area cleared in time for the so­lar eclipse in Novem­ber,” he said.

“The boats will still be there and it will give peo­ple a clearer view of the ma­rina.”

Mr McCart said the global un­cer­tainty meant he could not com­mit to when con­struc­tion may start on the ma­rina rede­vel­op­ment.

“We just have to mon­i­tor the mar­ket at the mo­ment,” he said.

“We could all fall off the edge of the world for the price of a Greek sou­vlaki one day and then the global econ­omy ap­pears fine the next.

“It’s a mat­ter of get­ting things ready so we can move on it at short no­tice.”

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